The job of editor in a publishing house is the dullest, hardest, most exciting, exasperating, and rewarding of perhaps any job in the world.
— John Hall Wheelock
Life is full of small triumphs and tragedies. For those of us operating small businesses, it may be doubly so. Here at Logical Expressions, today is a day of triumph because this issue marks the first anniversary issue of Computor Companion. Over the course of the magazine’s first year, a lot of things have changed. But one thing remains the same. A year ago, I said that “our goal with this magazine is to help our readers use their computers more effectively to accomplish everyday tasks.” The essence of the magazine is the same today, and apparently, we’ve struck a chord with readers. Almost every day I receive e-mails like this one:
“Now I’d like to tell you that I love Computor Companion. I can read it and it makes sense. Even the computer books for dummies don’t make much sense to me and my frustration level is very low. It’s a great magazine.”
Let me tell you, reader mail like this is an editor’s dream. Even though we may have to deal with everyday publishing problems like deadline crises, proof approvals, and distribution hang ups, it’s all worth it when people really seem to like what we’re producing.
We’re not resting on our laurels, however. Like every growing business, we’ve got “plans within plans” (that’s a little Dune reference there for you sci-fi fans). If you have ideas for things you’d like to see in this magazine, we want to hear from you. Feel free to send me an e-mail (sdaffron AT logicalexpressions.com) with questions, comments, or beautiful thoughts. You can also find me at at the Computer Business and Technology Expo on October 10 and 11 at the Spokane Convention Center. We’ll be in booth 907 with lots of copies of the magazine, information on our Web database software services, and other goodies.
No anniversary issue would be complete without a huge thank you to all the folks that have made the magazine successful thus far: our supportive readers, our wonderful cadre of writers, the intrepid advertisers who generously share their business wisdom with me, and the hardworking folks who distribute the magazine all over the Inland Northwest. Publishing is the ultimate “virtual corporation” and I feel fortunate to be able to associate with such a great group of people. So, thanks! Here’s to a great first year and hoping next year is even better.